By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
New Japan Pro Wrestling New Japan Cup 2019
Nara, Japan at Nara Centennial Hall
Broadcast live on New Japan World
1. Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi beat Michael Elgin and Yota Tsuji.
2. Taiji Ishimori, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Hikuleo beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Satoshi Kojima, and Ren Narita.
3. Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi beat Hirooki Goto and Shota Umino.
4. Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., and Taichi beat Evil, Sanada, and Bushi.
5. Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki Honma over Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku.
6. Juice Robinson, Colt Cabana, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi, and Toa Henare.
7. Will Ospreay defeated Lance Archer in a New Japan Cup tournament second round match.
8. Kazuchika Okada defeated Mikey Nicholls in a New Japan Cup tournament second round match.
Powell’s POV: The tournament continues on Saturday in Tokyo with the following second round matches: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi and Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. The winner of the tournament will challenge Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on April 6 at the G1 Supercard in New York at Madison Square Garden.
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